A new study specifically states that second born kids especially boys may end up making trouble as kids and even as adults.
Each child is unique and special in their own way. While some say firstborns are extremely smart and intelligent, do you know what they say about the second child? According to People, an in-depth study, the second borns are likely to be the naughty one causing some mischief and bringing in lots of trouble.
The study stated that second-born children, particularly second born boys tend to have more behavioral issues than the first-born. The research team looked into thousands of families in Denmark and Florida taking into account measures of infant and childhood health, school quality and parental investments. It was found that beyond challenging their parents at home with mischiefs, second children, boys, in particular, were found to cause problems in school too. However, it does not stop there. The study further revealed that about 20 to 40 percent of second born boys are more likely to be disciplined in school and may enter the criminal justice system than firstborn boys.
The study was conducted by researchers from MIT, Northwestern University and the University of Florida. They explained that the difference observed between the behavioral patterns of the first and the second child is largely due to the difference in attention given by parents. "We consider differences in parental attention as a potential contributing factor to the gaps in delinquency across the birth order. Second-born children tend to have less maternal attention than do their older siblings because first-born children experience their mother’s maternity leaves and temporarily reduced labor market participation both following their own births as well as following the birth of the second-born,” explained a researcher to Parents.com.
It was also observed that a lot of secondborn kids were exposed to more daycare time than their older siblings, suggesting that a longer interaction time with parents may contribute in less trouble-making future. Parents usually spent a lot of time with their first born kids, paying more attention and making the effort to have a daily interaction when they're younger. However, it may not be the same when it comes to secondborns.
Another reason pointed out by researchers was the lack of mature role models for younger kids. While older kids look up to adults for advice, younger kids usually end up looking at their older sibling for decision making. “The firstborn has role models, who are adults. And the second, later-born children have role models who are slightly irrational 2-year-olds, you know, their older siblings,” said lead author Doyle quoted Parents.com.
Though the data produced may sound scary to parents, it offers them the opportunity to improve the behavior of their second child by giving him or her more attention and care. Parents of particularly second born boys should make it a point to spend quality time, paying attention to their behavioral changes and being there for them before the tantrum breaks out.